Booker & Ferris
We have a short boy's list so I'm mulling 2 new names. Not married to either, so bring on the critique.
Hubby's suggestion: Booker
-is it too trendy? The occupational names are getting to be a bit much (Archer, Hunter) to the point my husband jokingly suggested Butcher (nn Butch haha) And yet now he suddenly likes Booker? I DO love the nn Book though.
My suggestion: Ferris
-but seriously, when I say "Ferris" do you think "Bueller"? Is it possible to wear the name now without that association being too overwhelming? I feel like lots of kids share names with movie characters.
When I hear Booker, I think of Booker T. the wrestler. I don't know if this is a deal breaker for you, but it would be for me.
When I hear Ferris I automatically think of Bueller. I don't know if the next generation will associate it with the movie, but their parents might.
I think both names are strong, masculine names that would have limited spelling difficulties (a huge thing for me). I just have strong associations for each of these names that would make them unusable.
When I hear Ferris, I think of Bueller. Perhaps those in his age group won't though. It's not a bad name. Just will probably be commented on from time to time.
When I hear Booker, I think of Booker T. Washington. I don't follow wrestling and have no idea who the previous poster is talking about. I think Booker T. Washington is a very worth holder of the name. Also, I love the nickname Book too. (If you are a Firefly fan, it reminds me of the Shepherd Book character even though it's his last name.)
Personally, of those two options, I'd be more inclined to use Booker because it is rather similar to the Archer/Cooper type names, but will never be that popular. Also, it has a much better nickname than Ferris.
With Ferris, yes, unfortunately, I do think of Ferris Bueller straightaway. My second thought is "ferris wheel". :)
However, I adore Booker! I love the overt connection to Booker T. Washington (such a wonderful namesake!), and as a lover of books and history and writing, it just seems like the perfect surname/occupation name choice for me. One of my favorite names, although it has never officially made my list. It just hangs outside of my short list, though--I do really love it. And I think the nns Beau/Bo and Book are pretty cool. :)
When I hear Ferris I do think of Ferris Bueller and Ferris Wheel. I'm not a fan of Booker but I don't think it's that bad.
I love Booker. I think of Booker T. Washington. I have never heard of the wrestler. As for Ferris, I am not particularly fond of it and I do associate it with the movie. Booker and Phineas are nice together.
I agree that Booker is great, not too trendy. Like the Booker T. Washington reference, like the nn Book.
Ferris...I mean, I think of Edward Ferrars (which was pretty much pronounced Ferris) from Sense and Sensibility, but I know that won't be most people's first thought. I guess I feel ambivalent about Ferris. There are lots of F names I'd rather use: Fletcher, Fielder or Fielding, Fifer, Ford, Foster, Frost, etc.
I really loved Booker, until my sister mentioned that it sounds like booger :( That might be a stretch, but now I can't shake it, sorry!
Sorry, I really don't like either.
I'm not a fan of surname/occupation names and I do just immediately think of Bueller when I hear Ferris.
I've known a Ferris spelled Pharis (I think). Spelled differently it didn't make me think of Ferris Bueller at all. I like the sound of it though. Booker is cute too.